Criterion... One of the key films of the German kammerspiel movement, this silent work chronicles the tragic repercussions of a furtive love affair between a railway worker's daughter (Edith Posca) and her father's supervisor (Werner Krauss). ---------- Kammerspielfilm [Wikipedia]... Kammerspielfilm is a type of German film that offers an intimate, cinematic portrait of lower middle class life. The name derives from a theater, the Kammerspiele, opened in 1906 by a major stage director Max... Topics: German cinema, Kammerspielfilm, Lupu Pick
"Shore Leave" is a nice romantic story, included in our program to illustrate the work and contributions of director John S. Robertson, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. "Bilge" Smith (Richard Barthelmess), a tough sailor, meets Connie Martin (Dorothy Mackaill), a seamstress in a small harbor who has never had a boyfriend. Connie is instantly smitten. She invites Smith to dinner, where he dances with her and gives her a kiss. Connie has a hard time letting him go, and... Topics: John S. Robertson, Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Mackaill, silent film, silent movie stars, free...
"Something New" is a suspenseful Western drama, featuring Nell Shipman, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. In this film horseback bandits chase a car on a rugged terrain in Mexico. Nell Shipman was a Canadian. She was an actress portraying strong female characters that liked the outdoors and adventures. Directed by Nell Shipman, Bert Van TuyleProduced by Nell Shipman Productions Inc.Written by Nell... Topics: Nell Shipman, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film, old movies, silent film...
"Spanking Breezes" is a short Mack Sennett comedy starring Alice Day, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.After her sister Marceline Day left Mack Sennett for feature films, where she shined brilliantly in both comedy and drama, Alice Day became the main star and box-office attraction of Mack Sennett Comedies. She was an extremely popular and very much liked comedienne. Unfortunately very few of her short comedies survive, so let's enjoy "Spanking Breezes". We searched for... Topics: Alice Day, Mack Sennett, Edward F. Cline, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film, old...
"Steamboat Bill, Jr." is part of our series "Other Favorite Films". This category includes films that do not feature a particular star from our site, but which in our view represent a major contribution of a silent movie to the Arts and Culture of the world. "Steamboat Bill, Jr." is a classic Buster Keaton comedy. It was the last film produced independently by Buster Keaton, who was forced to become a part of MGM, a move that destroyed his creativity and... Topics: Buster Keaton, Joseph Schenck, Ernest Torrence, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film,...
"Stella Maris" is a moving drama, in which Mary Pickford plays two roles very convincingly - one of Stella Maris, a rich paralyzed girl and the other of Unity, an uneducated orphaned girl. Stella lives in a fantasy world, being shielded from the ugly side of life. She especially enjoys the company of John (Conway Tearle), a famous journalist. He lives separately from his alcoholic wife called Louise, but this truth is also hidden from Stella. Unity lives in an orphanage and one day... Topics: Mary Pickford, Marshall Neilan, Conway Tearle, silent film, silent movie stars, free classic film,...
AKA Tangled Trails Corporal Jack Borden (Neal Hart), of the Northwest Mounted Police, trails the man who killed his partner to New York City. The killer is an unscrupulous promoter who is selling worthless stock in a gold mine. Borden, with the help of Blanche Hall (Gladys Hampton), locates the man in a Bowery dive, but he escapes and Borden tracks him back to Canada. Along the way, he discovers that Blanche and his sweetheart, Milly (Violet Palmer), are long-separated sisters and brings about... Topics: Silent, Crime, Romance
Scarlet Street - D W Griffith - 1919 - From IMDB "A romantic bandit named Alvarez, wanted for raids on the mining camps of the California gold rush in 1849, is reformed by the love of a good woman." I am not sure why I am uploading this film. It is considered by many to be Griffith's worst. Perhaps history drives me. At any rate you have been warned. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Griffith, silents
Very first film version of Lew Wallace's best seller. An unauthorised one too which was successfully sued by the right owners. A notorious precedent for copyright reinforcement. Now definitely in Public Domain. more info on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000582/ Topics: Ben-hur, Lew Wallace, epic, early silent movie
This Silent Hall of Fame documentary was created to present to the public our stars and our mission, and to ask the viewers for their support.This is, as of March 29 2015, an award-winning documentary! It won the distinction Award of Merit at the San Francisco Film Awards.Produced by Silent Hall of Fame Release date March 20, 2015 Running time 25... Topics: Art, Culture, Alice Day, Marceline Day, Helen Gibson, Helen Holmes, Florence La Badie, Florence...
NOTES: Copyright: no reg. The Library of Congress Library is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the materials in the Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies. Licence: This media file is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1... Topics: Sioux, ghost dance, 1894, Thomas A. Edison
This is a compilation of three prints from the Paper Print collection of the Library of Congress produced by American Mutoscpe and Biograph in 1906. I have added music and sharpened the title. The story is inconsequential but the scenes of the workers on the high beams are fascinating in those days before special effects, there is even a fight, and remember the cameraman and a bulky camera had to be there too. Enjoy the lovely Victorian gesture of the little girl at the end as she points to the... Topics: New York, skyscraper, iron workers, , silents
Taken from IMDB: Naive, bookish Professor Post (of Potts College) inherits a huge amount of money and decides that now he can afford to go out and enjoy life. He falls for a dancer in a bad stage show, and with his new money decides to buy the show and take it to Broadway. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Comedy
Steamboat Bill, Jr. is the story of a naive, college-educated dandy who must prove himself to his working-class father, a hot-headed riverboat captain, while courting the daughter of his father's rival, who threatens to put Steamboat Bill, Sr. and his paddle-wheeler out of business. Originally uploaded by: www.k-otic.com Topics: Silent, Comedy, Buster Keaton
Steamboat Bill, Jr. is the story of a naive, college-educated dandy who must prove himself to his working-class father, a hot-headed riverboat captain, while courting the daughter of his father's rival, who threatens to put Steamboat Bill, Sr. and his paddle-wheeler out of business. ( 9 reviews ) Topics: Silent, Comedy, Buster Keaton
From IMDB - Stella Maris is a beautiful, crippled girl, who is cared for by a rich family. They shield her from the harsh realities of the world, so that she has no idea of the cruel things that some people do. Unity Blake is a poor orphan all too familiar with the harsh realities of the real world. These two young women both fall in love with John, love which is complicated by the fact that he is still married to (though separated from) a bad wife. 1918. Topics: Pickford, Stella Maris
Strike was directed in 1925 by Sergai Eisenstein. It was Esienstein's first feature film and an indicator of the brilliant films t follow. As with other Communist films of this period, the workers in general are the heroes. The composition and editing are spectacular, particularly with the scenes as the troop raid the apartment buildings, and the conclusion where the killing of the workers is intercut with the slaughter of cattle. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Eisenstein, worker, labor communism, russia
From IMDb: A London laundry woman tries to rise above her station in order to capture the love of a wealthy young man, and thus misses out on the truer love of one of her own class. Stars: Mary Pickford, Albert Austin, Harold Goodwin, Rose Dione, and Lavendor the Horse Topic: Comedy
Sunday Calm is a 1923 short silent comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. It was the 20th Our Gang short subject released. The gang travels by wagon to go on a picnic with their families. After losing a wheel, the parents put on a new one, and the gang races off with the wagon, leaving the parents behind. They have a picnic without the parents, only to be overrun with insects http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday_Calm Many thanks to ThatOldGangOfMine, the restorer of this print Topics: Our Gang, Silent film, Sunday calm, 1923
Swords and Hearts, D W Griffith 1911. Griffith returns to the Civil war, this time with a story of a Southern officer, who when he returns from the war, finds his fiance attached to a Northern officer, but all is well, the poor but honest girl who saved him from death still loves him. It is not bad and worth a look. I have added music and some sounds. While these Biograph shorts may seem simplistic to us today, pause to consider how exciting they must have been to audience who may never have... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Civil war, Griffith